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In 2001, Janie Wells' 30 year-old daughter, Joann, was brutally murdered. Within days of burying her daughter, she came to the realization that the way she handled this loss would determine her soul's destination in powerful ways.  Her profoundly moving book chronicles a mother's grief, the powerful ways in which she heals, and the growing realization that we are never separated from those we love. Even in death, our loved ones are present and exercise a power for good in lives.

Janie is a mother, teacher, coach, national motivational speaker and mentor.  She is currently employed by a large school system near Nashville, Tennessee and stays actively involved in spiritual activities, health and fitness events, and working within the US criminal justice system as a consultant.  She has participated in capital defense team training, university student instruction and has been the keynote speaker at national conferences.   Her speaking engagements include the Kiwanis Club, Washington and Lee University, the Virginia Bar Association’s Annual Defense Workshop, the Gulf States Victim Witness Law Enforcement Conference, the National Crime Victim’s Week in Georgia, the Fall Prosecutors Training Conference in Mississippi, the Annual Capital Habeas Unit Conference in Texas, the Lowndes County Family Violence Task Force Conference, Valdosta State University’s Take Back the Night event and Western Kentucky University.   Janie loves connecting to others and presents in such a way that inspires trust. She feels tremendous compassion that seemingly allows others to open up and deeply hear the messages she conveys.

Janie gladly shares her experience, strength and hope on topics such as:
  • Her spiritual journey 
  • Loss and healing 
  • The criminal justice system 
  • Personal empowerment 
  • The art of living in the moment with total trust in life's process

Janie loves connecting to others and presents in such a way that inspires trust. She feels tremendous compassion that seemingly allows others to open up and deeply hear the messages she conveys.  Janie is a person that others can easily identify with because of her own down home charm and truth telling ways.

 

Janie draws comfort from a Christmas gift given to me by Joann the year before her death: a book called Streams in the Desert. Joann had underlined passages and written notes in the margins.

 

“He was sure that the paths were not too difficult or strenuous for you. This is the blessed life — not anxious to see far down the road or overly concerned about the next step, not eager to choose the path nor weighted down with the heavy responsibilities of future, but quietly following the Shepherd, one step at a time.”

- Janie

 


Janie and her daughter Joann on
one of their many adventures.

   
Copyright 2012 Janie Wells Payment for Passage promotes living in the moment as your authentic self.  This website is for assisting with personal transformation and proof that angels DO exist.  It is not meant to replace therapeutic, medical or counseling disciplines.